We worked with The Herd Theatre to create a speculative show for 2-5year olds and their families. Together we created an original story, wrote a script, made music, developed a design and thought carefully about the audience we’d like to reach. Below is a consolidation of our process.
When you are certain you have things in order, a new challenge makes you question everything…
Logic does everything by the book. Kinetic doesn’t need an instruction manual to have a little fun, and Imagination is in their own other world. They are three people together in these woods, but they are miles apart in how they like to get things done. When they find themselves forced to be with each other, well anything could go wrong. Will they drive each round the wooded bend?
In a quiet campsite where the wind howls through the trees, join the three in a theatre experience of adventure, struggle and new understandings in this new contemporary classic with original songs and sounds, and sights too!
One day in the early hours of the morning, a camper named Logic arrived. Logic had packed EVERYTHING one could ever possibly need, from emergency equipment to spare clothes to a framed photo of their cat, Logic had it all!
Logic got out their instruction manual, ready to build their tent. While doing so they tripped and fell into a huge puddle! The instruction manual was now soaked.
Logic soon discovered that they had packed a spare instruction manual in their back pocket. Now drenched but still eager to build their tent, they precisely followed every step.
A wondrous looking person named Imagination arrived at the campsite, disrupting Logic’s perfect tent building rhythm! Logic offered them their instruction manual but Imagination didn’t need it.
Imagination started to sing as they built their tent, much to the annoyance of Logic. They found materials from the forest of every kind, from crinkled green leaves to shards of chipped wood, Imagination had it all!
Soon after, another person named Kinetic bounced into the campsite! Without much equipment or any help, they put up their pop up tent immediately without a care in the world.
Kinetic soon joined in with Imagination’s singing, making Logic more angry. Needing peace and quiet, Logic decided to find somewhere away from the campsite to dry off their instruction manual that was still wet from the puddle.
Still at the campsite, Imagination and Kinetic were playing a game of catch. But this wasn’t your usual game of catch. Earlier, Imagination had discovered a huge pine cone next to their tent, which was now being tossed about as their ball.
Suddenly, as Kinetic jumped to catch the ball, they tripped and fell into Logic’s perfectly made tent which caused it to break! Panicked, Kinetic and Imagination decided to try to fix it before Logic returned.
Logic was happy to see the campsite peaceful and quiet again, just as they liked it. At the same time Kinetic and Imagination watched in fear as Logic entered their tent.
The tent collapsed, and Logic was upset. They had followed every single step of the tent building process, and their instruction manual had never ever failed them before!
Kinetic and Imagination could not watch poor Logic blaming themselves any longer, so they confessed to Logic. They felt guilty and offered to help fix the tent, but Logic was furious at them and refused.
Kinetic and Imagination, angry with Logic, went back to their tents. It started getting darker, and Logic was still desperately struggling to fix the damage. Tired and upset, they gave up and decided to leave it as it is for the night.
The night brought frightening sounds from the forest. The campers were scared, but their curiosity made them peak out of their tents at different points of the night to check what was causing the disruption.
The sun had risen, and Logic was up first. They high fived themselves for surviving the night, now they were ready to start the day and fix their broken tent. Just before they could, they spotted an uninvited guest – a spider!
Logic was panicking which woke Imagination up. They saw the spider and decided to help Logic despite still being annoyed with them. Imagination used their powers to hypnotise the spider and make them leave, but the spider wouldn’t move an inch.
Kinetic saw Imagination give up their pride and go help Logic, so they grabbed a stick to use as a weapon and also approached the scene. As they nudged the spider, it crawled onto the stick! Logic watched on as Kinetic carried the spider away, surprised their impulsive reaction had solved the problem.
Logic had seen Imagination and Kinetic use techniques they had never read about in any manual or book, so Logic kindly asked them if they could help with fixing the still broken tent after all.
Kinetic and Imagination not only helped Logic fix their tent, but each also brought their individual strengths that, combined with Logic’s instruction manual, allowed them to connect all their tents together and create a safer campsite for everyone.
The campers gathered by the fire pit. Imagination was delighted with the job done and began singing, followed by Kinetic, and even Logic who finally understood singing could be fun, too. All three joined in song, and a new friendship was born.
MATCH was created by:
The show was devised by the company and then realised in smaller teams:
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN
MODEL BOX CONSTRUCTION
ACCESS & WORKSHOP DESIGN
The process was Directed by Ruby Thompson and Sam Caseley with Design support by Ruta Irbite and Music support by Neil Carter.